Who Sang I Can Never Be (What You Want Me to Be)? Johnny Clegg and Savuka

Johnny Clegg and Savuka Heat, Dust & Dreams cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1993
producer: Hilton Rosenthal
mixer: Chris Lordā€Alge
recording engineer: Bobby Summerfield
guitar family: Mark Goldenberg
mandolin: Eric Bazilian
additional recording engineer: Sandy Solomon
tambourine: Bobby Summerfield
assistant mixer: David Betancourt
assistant engineer: Sandy Solomon
keyboard: Hilton Rosenthal
Shooting star across my sky
I wanted to keep you in my heaven
"I will be anything you want!" I said
"I will live into your dream just to see you smile"
"Be my baby -- I'll be your crusade
your clown-lover, renegade
I'll be anything you want if it will make you stay"
-- oh but it could never be that way cause:

I can never be what you want
I can never be what you want me to be

The great pretender inside your head
a king wearing someone else's crown
sacrificed who I am so that this heart could be fed
I spend so much time keeping myself underground
You know I love you but I am shaking inside
I know I'm not going to leave here alive 'cause:

I can never be what you want
I can never be what you want me to be
I have sailed this impossible ocean
I have sailed this crazy sea
I can never be what you want,
whatever you want me to be

There is a spirit rising against what I have become
I have to come out and choose to stay our make my run
I'm slowly dying, I have to make a stand
I'm coming home, you'll have to take me for what I am


Be? I can never be!
I can never be what you want!
I can never be what you want me to be!

CD 1
  • 1 These Days
  • 2 The Crossing (Osiyeza)
  • 3 I Can Never Be (What You Want Me to Be)
  • 4 When the System Has Fallen
  • 5 Tough Enough
  • 6 The Promise
  • 7 Inevitable Consequence of Progress
  • 8 In My African Dream
  • 9 Emotional Allegiance (Stand by Me)
  • 10 Foreign Nights (Working Dog in Babylon)
  • 11 Your Time Will Come

  • Release information
    label: Capitol Records
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 0208314588277
    script: Latin